In the courts, today, Ashley Haylock appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford where he was read two criminal offense of theft and common assault. Allegations are that on Saturday, March 23, he along with two others, not yet arrested and charged, dishonestly appropriated one Taurus brand 9 mm pistol value at $2,800.00 property of the Government of Belize which was stolen from a police officer. Additionally, he was charged with one count of common assault upon Police Constable, Mark Martinez from whom he stole the 9 mm pistol from. He was denied bail and remanded him into custody until May 13, 2019.
Also in the courts today, a pregnant woman identified as 23-year-old Sandra Ruiz, was charge jointly with her common-law husband, 26-year old Elvin Gutierrez for 43 grams of weed found at their home on Curl Thompson Street in Belize City.The duo was arraigned before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford where the pregnant woman pleaded guilty to the charge and her common-law husband pleaded not guilty. Senior Magistrate Ford was of the view that Ruiz was only taking the wrap for the weed so her common-law husband could go free of the charge. However, the prosecutor Sergeant Macedonio Sanchez told the court that at this time, the crown will not withdraw the charge from Gutierrez. The matter was adjourned for a later date. Meanwhile, Senior Magistrate, Ford impose a fine upon Gutierrez’s common-law wife in the sum of eight hundred dollars plus a five dollars cost of court. Ruiz was given time to pay in default, she will serve six months in prison.